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Help Yourself! Ideas for independent study for intermediate and advanced learners of English Author John Pill (Enterprises) Created on 1 November 2002 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations.
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Help Yourself! Ideas for independent study Contents Introduction ................................................................................................................................................ 2 How to use these worksheets ................................................................................................................... 2 Make the most of your dictionary ......................................................................................................... 3 1. Parts of speech ................................................................................................................................ 3 2. Parts of speech – exercises ............................................................................................................ 4 3. Parts of speech – practice ............................................................................................................... 5 4. Dictionary abbreviations .................................................................................................................. 6 5. Getting to know your dictionary ....................................................................................................... 7 6. Test your dictionary ......................................................................................................................... 8 7. Summary and booklist ..................................................................................................................... 9 Keep vocabulary in mind ..................................................................................................................... 10 1. Recording vocabulary .................................................................................................................... 10 2. Vocabulary webs ........................................................................................................................... 11 3. T-sheets ......................................................................................................................................... 14 4. Word building – exercise ............................................................................................................... 15 5. Word building – template ............................................................................................................... 16 6. Word forks ...................................................................................................................................... 17 7. Adjectives followed by prepositions .............................................................................................. 18 8. Collocations – exercise .................................................................................................................. 19 9. Collocations – template ................................................................................................................. 20 10. Expressions – colours ................................................................................................................... 21 11. Expressions – template ................................................................................................................. 22 12. Expressions – active learning ........................................................................................................ 23 13. Meaning from context .................................................................................................................... 24 14. Vocabulary in context .................................................................................................................... 25 15. Vocabulary tips .............................................................................................................................. 27 Do it in your own time .......................................................................................................................... 28 1. Reading tips ................................................................................................................................... 28 2. Reading – reference words ........................................................................................................... 29 3. Reading – analysis ........................................................................................................................ 30 4. Reading – newspaper articles ....................................................................................................... 33 5. Reading – book summary .............................................................................................................. 34 6. Listening tips .................................................................................................................................. 35 7. Writing tips ..................................................................................................................................... 36 8. Speaking tips ................................................................................................................................. 37 Make the connection ............................................................................................................................ 38 1. Understanding website addresses ................................................................................................ 38 2. Internet jargon ................................................................................................................................ 40 3. Using directories ............................................................................................................................ 41 4. Using search engines .................................................................................................................... 42 5. Advanced searching ...................................................................................................................... 43 6. Selecting search results ................................................................................................................ 44 7. Hyperlinks ...................................................................................................................................... 45 8. Evaluating websites ....................................................................................................................... 47 9. Useful websites for independent learners ..................................................................................... 48 Answer key ........................................................................................................................................... 49 The United Kingdom’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. Page 1
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Help Yourself! Ideas for independent study Introduction These materials are to help you to help yourself learn and improve your English. You can use the techniques and strategies included here to continue learning effectively outside the classroom in your own time. There is a section on getting the most out of your dictionary . Vocabulary development is also very important and a variety of activities are introduced for you to try out. There are practical ideas on how to improve the different language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Finally there is a section using the World Wide Web effectively. Exercises with an answer key are marked . The key allows you to check on your progress. How to use these worksheets Use the materials flexibly. They can be studied in any order. Choose a technique that interests you and try it out. If it works, do it a few times more so it becomes a natural part of your learning. If it doesn't, think about adapting it to suit you better or try something else. Every learner is different and what works for one may not be so useful for another.
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